There is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is associated with acne, ususally severe acne. Joints and tendon attachments can be inflammed. Interestingly, the periosteum or the surface of the bones can also be inflammed causing bone pain. Treatment is with anti-inflamamtories. I hope you are seeing a rheumatologist. The rheumatology department at Marshfield Clnic is excellent.
Arthritis Associated with Other Illnesses Q & A
If your symptoms have persisted for over a month, I would seek a rheumatology referral. Given the wait list that most rheumatologists have, I would make the appointment now.
>If your symptoms have persisted for over a month, I would seek a rheumatology referral. Given the wait list that most rheumatologists have, I would make the appointment now.
I agree that your symptoms sound like a systemic inflammatory rheumatic illness. The possibilities are broad and include RA and vasculitis. Less likley are SLE, myositis and spondyloarthropathy. Although anything can be in your mind, your symptoms are worth evaluating.
It is difficult to figure out without seeing you, but in general joint pain is common in hep C but joint swelling or restiction of range of motion (the findings of arthritis) is uncommon. There is a condition associated with Hep c called cryoglobulinemia that can cause skin problems and anemia.
There are multiple case reports of TNF inhibitors such as Remicade, Enbrel of Humira being used successfully in uveitis.